Dittami, James P.
Metal-organic frameworks, crystalline structures consisting of metal ions and organic ligands, are a topic of interest in research. The porous structure of MOFs creates a high surface area, making MOFs useful in the absorption and purification of gases and as a reaction catalyst. To keep the porous structure of MOFs, it is useful to use rigid ligands that will consistently bind with the metal ions in the same manner. This project focused on synthesizing two porphyrins. The aromatic structure of porphyrins provides a stable lattice work for MOFs. Metal ions can bind to the external substituent groups and in the center of the porphyrin ring, allowing porphyrins to form an array of two dimensional and three dimensional MOFs. This report looks at methods used to synthesize TCPP and TPyP.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry